April 8 - Reuters U.S. sports schedule at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday (all times ET):
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Masters turns into Spring Break for CEOs
AUGUSTA, Georgia - To wander the immaculately manicured grounds of Augusta National Golf Club during the Masters is to take a stroll back in time. A time before the marriage of sport and commercialism where scoreboards are operated manually and the only signage directs you to someplace picturesque rather than entice you to buy a car or smart phone (GOLF-MASTERS/HOSPITALITY (FEATURE, PIX), moved at 1:12 p.m., by Steve Keating, 750 words)
Garcia, Fowler fighting for lead at Augusta
AUGUSTA, Georgia - Sergio Garcia criticized the course at Augusta National Golf Club as "too tricky" in 2009 and was so frustrated after the 2013 Masters that he said he isn't "good enough" to win a major (GLF-PGA-FIRSTLEDE-MASTERS, expect by 8 p.m., The Sports Xchange, 650 words) See also: Reuters daily Masters write-through (GOLF-MASTERS/ (WRAPUP, TV, PIX), expect after 7 p.m., 400 words)
Latest Masters leader board (GOLF-MASTERS/SCORES (UPDATE 1), moved at 1:24 p.m., 324 words, will be led through the day)
Frozen Four: Minnesota Duluth, Denver skate for national title
CHICAGO – Saturday’s Frozen Four final with Minnesota Duluth and Denver to decide the national championship. (MSC-FROZENFOUR, 400 words, by Jess Myers, expect by 7:30 p.m.)
Falcons lock up CB Trufant with 5-year extension
2017 NFL Draft Reset: NFC West active in free agency
-- First of a division-by-division series previewing team needs based on personnel moves since the start of free agency. Search slug convention FBN-ANALYSIS-(DIVISION)
NFC East, AFC East moved Monday night
NFC North, AFC North moved Tuesday
NFC South, AFC South moved Wednesday
NFC West, AFC West moved Thursday
Steelers QB Roethlisberger set to return in 2017
-- Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger informed the Pittsburgh Steelers on Friday that he will be back for a 14th season. (FBN-NEWS-STEELERS-ROETHLISBERGER, moved, The Sports Xchange, 350 words)
Adrian Peterson sets Saints’ visit
-- Free agent running back Adrian Peterson is scheduled to visit the New Orleans Saints Monday and Tuesday (FBN-SAINTS-NEWS-PETERSON, moved, The Sports Xchange, 300 words)
-- News and notes from around the NFL. (FBN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7 p.m., The Sports Xchange, 375 words)
Rangers' Darvish hoping for better success vs. A's
ARLINGTON, Texas - Yu Darvish's season-opening start wasn't bad. He allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings in an 8-5 loss to Cleveland (BBO-ATHLETICS-RANGERS-LEDE-WRITETHRU, 700 words)
The Sports Xchange covers all MLB games. Saturday schedule:
Boston at Detroit 1:05 p.m.
Minnesota at Chi. White Sox 2:05 p.m.
Cincinnati at St. Louis 2:15 p.m.
N.Y. Yankees at Baltimore 4:05 p.m.
Toronto at Tampa Bay 6:05 p.m.
Washington at Philadelphia 7:05 p.m.
Atlanta at Pittsburgh 7:05 p.m.
Kansas City at Houston 7:05 p.m.
Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee 7:05 p.m.
Miami at N.Y. Mets 7:05 p.m.
Oakland at Texas 8:05 p.m.
Cleveland at Arizona 8:05 p.m.
L.A. Dodgers at Colorado 8:05 p.m.
San Francisco at San Diego 8:40 p.m.
Seattle at L.A. Angels 10:07 p.m.
-- News and notes from around the league (MLB-NOTEBOOK, expect by 8 p.m., by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
-- Capsule recaps of Saturday’s games. (MLB-ROUNDUP, expect by 8 p.m., by The Sports Xchange, 400 words)
THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NBA games. Saturday schedule:
Chicago at Brooklyn 5 p.m.
Indiana at Orlando 6 p.m.
Boston at Charlotte 6 p.m.
Miami at Washington 7 p.m.
Milwaukee at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at San Antonio 8:30 p.m.
Utah at Portland 10 p.m.
New Orleans at Golden State 10:30 p.m.
-- News and notes from around the NBA. (BKN-NOTEBOOK, expect by 7:30 p.m., The Sports Xchange, 375 words)
THE SPORTS XCHANGE covers all NHL games. Saturday schedule:
Columbus at Philadelphia 12:30 p.m.
N.Y. Rangers at Ottawa 12:30 p.m.
Washington at Boston 3 p.m.
Chicago at Los Angeles 6 p.m.
N.Y. Islanders at New Jersey 6 p.m.
St. Louis at Carolina 7 p.m.
Buffalo at Florida 7 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Toronto 7 p.m.
Nashville at Winnipeg 7 p.m.
Montreal at Detroit 7 p.m.
Colorado at Dallas 8 p.m.
Minnesota at Arizona 9 p.m.
Edmonton at Vancouver 10 p.m.
Calgary at San Jose 10 p.m.
-- News and notes from around the league. (HKN-NOTEBOOK, expect first version by 9:45 p.m., The Sports Xchange, 375 words)